In Aruba, the melting pot of cultures has contributed to a menu influenced by Holland, South America, and the Caribbean.
Aruba’s home-cooked food has flavours inspired by Amerindians, merchants, pirates, colonial powers of the Netherlands and Spain, African slaves, Eastern and Asian immigrants.
The local culinary scene offers Asian-influenced dishes such as bami and nasi goreng rice, or saté with peanut sauce; Dutch traditional dishes like pea soup and thin pancakes served with a variety of sweet and savory toppings. Johnnycakes (fried, puffy biscuits) and pan bati (Aruban pancake) replace traditional bread.
A quick snack, breakfast or lunch
- Enjoy delightful bits and bites at Jimmy’s Kitchen, a gay restaurant offering delicious dining options. Enjoy a snack while you take a drink at the lounge or by the pool bar and club. Jimmy’s serve dinner platters, finger food and takeout.
- The Gin and Olive pool garden serves delicious food and tempting cocktails throughout the day, a gay Aruba favourite.
- The Chapel Restaurant Bar Lounge is located at the Monastery estate in de La Sallestratt. It serves great breakfasts, bagels, paninis and power-bowl salads.
Authentic Aruban Fish Restaurants
- Head to MooMba Beach bar and restaurant, a great spot for lunch with elegant snacks served under two huge palapas. Discover some local flavours such as Aruban fish chowder and Cajun tuna tataki. Pair your mean with a an Aruba Ariba, the signature drink on the Caribbean island of Aruba.
- Bugaloe Beach Bar & Grill is located right on the water of Palm Beach. It serves great tacos, burgers and comfort food. Bugaloe also hosts popular happy hours with live entertainment.
- Zeerover, in Savaneta is an oceanside restaurant that sits on a dock jetting out over the shoreline. Fishermen bring the daily catch straight to the restaurant. There is no better way to experience the freshest of dishes on the island. This no frills restaurant has amazing views of the Caribbean sea.
- Dinner at Papiamento Restaurant is an experience no one will ever forget. The setting is magical. The restaurant is surrounded by a lush garden. Tables are set around a turquoise, sparkling pool with twinkling lights in the tree branches. The 126 year old Arubian “cunucu” house next to the pool is filled with gorgeous antiques from Europe. The oldest items date back to the early 1800’s. Highly recommended for a special gay Aruba occasion.
- Visit Ceviches Poolbar & Restaurant in the Caribbean Palm Village. It has an extensive wine list in a beautiful location. They serve delicious fish dishes and host a daily Happy Hour from 12 – 1 pm & 4 – 6 pm.
- Book a table at Faro Blanco Restaurant and relax in the shade of their historic lighthouse and enjoy an eclectic menu of fresh seafood creations at Marathon Key’s bayside restaurant ,The Lighthouse Grill. Stop in for appetizers, drinks, or one of their chef-created daily dinner specials.
- Patio 15 is a delightful restaurant offering ten kinds of delicious tapas created by chef Ludwig Samson, all beautifully garnished and served with tasty sauces. And their cocktails? Patio 15 mixologists have come up with some pretty amazing libations that hiss, smoke and sizzle, and are guaranteed to knock your socks off! Located at “Yellow House,” on Weststraat 15. The restaurant is also the host of the annual Aruba Pride dinner spectacular.